But now, the South Korean company is unveiling a new iteration of the XAV concept compact SUV at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show – the SsangYong XAVL (eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long). As its name indicates, it is much longer than the SsangYong XAV. In terms of the dimensions, the SsangYong XAV compact SUV concept measure 4,190 mm in length, 1,880 mm in width and 1,650 mm in height. Its wheelbase measures 2,600 mm.
As for the new SsangYong XAVL, it measures 4,630 mm in length, 1,866 mm in width, 1,640 mm in height and 2,775 mm in wheelbase. This means that while the SsangYong XAVL is a little bit thinner (minus 14 mm) and shorter in height (minus 10 mm), it is much longer (plus 440 mm) than the SsangYong XAV. The increased length also resulted in a corresponding increase in wheelbase (plus 175 mm).
These increases in length and wheelbase in the SsangYong XAVL meant that this iteration of the carmaker’s compact SUV concept is able to offer more space in the back. This is the main reason why the SsangYong XAVL boasts of having a third row of seats – allowing it to accommodate up to seven passengers. In total, the SsangYong XAVL has seven independent seats for its seven occupants – two seats each on the first and third rows and three on the second row.
Interestingly, the seats on the second and third rows could all be folded flat to take advantage of its premium cargo space. With this configuration, the SsangYong XAVL proves itself to be an SUV bearing the versatility and practicality of an MPV.